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Like This Post? Fence and Gate Accessories from Birkdale

August 18, 2017

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Summer is a good time to get that work done on your fence. The Fencemate range, from Birkdale, offers a wide selection of post supports, specially developed for DIY projects. They’re easy to use, and designed to save time and effort whilst delivering a great looking, long lasting finish.

Whether you’ve got soft ground, firm ground, loose ground, stony ground, hard surfaces, even a concrete hard-standing – there’s a Fencemate post support for the job. You can choose from:

To work out which support you will need for a particular function, Fencemate offer you a helpful diagram (click to enlarge).

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TBS also stocks Birkdale’s Gatemate range of gate furniture: hinges, catches, latches, bolts and springs, in black or zinc plated finish.

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Building of the week: the Plastic Bottle House

August 18, 2017

A worthy idea here! But might look out of place in Watford.

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An engineer in Algeria has developed an ingenious new house building technique on a desert refugee camp. He wanted to build a home for his grandmother that would beat the heat and sandstorms, and plastic bottles were readily available. Filled with sand and straw and encased into the walls, the bottles make a sturdy and weatherproof shelter. It’s also insulated, and the bottle house is five degrees cooler than its neighbours.

Six thousand discarded bottles are used in each new home, which is useful in itself. The refugee camps have been in place for 40 years, and no recycling facilities have ever been provided. There are huge piles of them to use up, helping to keep waste plastic out of the natural environment.

The bottle house is different to traditional buildings in the region, and was met with some initial scepticism. But it proved more resilient to rain than the…

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Look After Your Garden Fence the Professional Way

August 11, 2017

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Every fence needs good protection. Even if your fence has stood strong, if it hasn’t had any loving care for more than 5 years, it’s probably time to treat it again. TBS stocks everything you need to keep your fence (or your shed) looking great and able to withstand the elements.

Particularly on a north-facing fence, panels and posts can start looking a bit green. Everbuild Fungicidal Wash is just the ticket. We sell a 1L spray bottle or a 5L container for painting or spraying. Just treat affected areas, leave for a while, and brush off with cold water.

TBS can supply you with traditional brush-on wood stains and protectors, but we also sell Ronseal Fencelife Sprayable. It’s the quick and easy way to give thorough, lasting protection to your fences and your shed.

Forget the extension leads!

The Ronseal Power Sprayer uses a 6v powered motor for consistent pressure and even coverage. It boasts a precision fan nozzle for accurate and controlled spray pattern.  The control trigger is engineered for ease of control. The sprayer has a convenient 2m hose. Clip straight on to a tub of Fencelife Sprayable and away you go. No pumping, no pouring, no mess!  The Power Sprayer’s batteries are good for the treatment of up to 40 fence panels, at around 2 minutes per panel.

TBS stocks a range of popular colours

Ronseal Sprayable Fencelife comes in 5 litre tubs. It is wax-enriched for maximum protection. It protects against fading too.

TBS stocks the following popular colours:

Dark Oak     Forest Green     Harvest Gold     Medium Oak     Red Cedar

Sprayable Fencelife is touch-dry in 1-2 hours, depending on the type and condition of the timber.

Ronseal guarantees 5 years of excellent, durable protection to your fences – which means peace of mind for you!

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Accidents on Building Sites – and a Charity that Helps Victims

August 11, 2017

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Accidents in the workplace happen. In the construction and warehousing world, they can easily lead to serious injury, even death. Here are just a few examples – and some good news.

One report in The Construction Index concerns a contractor employed to work on a cottage in Dorset. The site was sloping and the original foundation was shallow. As the contractor dug below the level of the old foundation, the gable wall collapsed. This knocked him to the ground, but some masonry also went through the window of the excacator, switching it into gear. The contractor’s leg was pulled in and caught under the track – it later had to be amputated. It means a hefty fine for the construction company – and a builder who can’t work any more.

In this second report, a builder’s labourer in London suffered multiple leg fractures when the newly-built first floor of a house collapsed, having been overloaded with concrete blocks. The labourer fell 3m to the ground, with concrete falling around him. He still can’t walk properly and is unable to return to work.

Finally, this report concerns a construction worker on the new Queensferry Crossing in Scotland, who was hit and killed by the boom of a crane he was directing.

Thank goodness, then, for The Lighthouse Club Benevolent Fund– the construction industry’s charity. They can give financial help to thousands of families plunged into financial crisis when they lose their breadwinner’s income through illness, injury or death. It has branches all over the UK and Ireland. Find out more by clicking the link above, or call 0161 429 0022.

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Taking the Train? Don’t Forget the Sink Plunger!

August 9, 2017

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A brilliant piece of ingenuity! Oh, and by the way, TBS sells these – just click here: Industrial Sink Plunger.

Do we have a new market here: commuters?

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